A Flintshire nursery hosted a VIP visit from the Welsh Government’s Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies AM.

Mr Davies had a tour of The Wendy House Day Nursery in Brynford, seeing under- fives engaged in their daily activities, after a meeting with proprietor Wendy Powell and representatives of NDNA including Chief Executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE.

Delegates talked through funding and delivery of the Foundation Phase and discussed findings from NDNA’s Annual Nursery Survey for Wales, including issues of low funding rates. 

NDNA is pleased that the Welsh Government has taken on board some of the recommendations from our Annual Survey. These include funding following the child and increased hourly funding rates.

Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies, said: “From talking to lots of parents over the last few months, I can appreciate that finding affordable, available and accessible childcare is one of the biggest challenges facing families in Wales. 

“It is also clearly evident that juggling work and the logistics of early education and childcare is far from easy. That is why we are committed to providing 30 hours of government-funded childcare and Foundation Phase nursery provision for three and four-year-olds of working parents for up to 48 weeks of the year.”

Wendy Powell, who is NDNA’s Flintshire network chair, said: “We were pleased that the Minister and NDNA came to visit our nursery and discuss some of the issues we face when providing childcare and education to support our families. It is important that the Government is able to ensure the funding covers the cost of delivery, otherwise I have no option but to pass these costs onto the parents.”

Sandra Welsby, NDNA’s National Manager (Wales), said: “It was great for us to talk to the Minister about our concerns, face to face, and for him to see for himself a fantastic example of the high-quality care and education that nurseries provide in Wales.” 

Photo caption: Children from Wendy House nursery with (from left) Sandra Welsby, Wendy Powell, Purnima Tanuku OBE, Alun Davies AM, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language and Tina Jones MBE, NDNA’s National Trustee for Wales